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KIABAHA INDIANS. The Kiabaha (Kiaboha, Kiahoba, Kioboba, Niabaha) Indians are known only from records pertaining to the La Salle expedition, which indicate that in the late seventeenth century these Indians lived inland to the north or northeast of Matagorda Bay, probably near the Brazos River. The Kiabahas have been confused with the Kabayes, which the records clearly identify as a separate and distinct group of Indians who lived in the same area. Thus far no one has successfully demonstrated that the Kiabaha Indians were related to any other known group of Indians.


Isaac Joslin Cox, ed., The Journeys of René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (2 vols., New York: Barnes, 1905; 2d ed., New York: Allerton, 1922). Frederick Webb Hodge, ed., Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1907, 1910; rpt., New York: Pageant, 1959). Henri Joutel, Joutel's Journal of La Salle's Last Voyage (London: Lintot, 1714; rpt., New York: Franklin, 1968).

Thomas N. Campbell


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Thomas N. Campbell, "KIABAHA INDIANS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.